Which book to read first?

Which book to read first?

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    Which book to read first?

    I got a Lyman 48 edition reloading book and a Speer 14 edition. which is the better one to read first? what one do you like better?


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    ABCs of Reloading....

    You don't have to read the whole book - I've read my Speer reloading manual's instructional/knowledge part and its only 20 pages or so. I don't have the Lyman book but have heard good things. It shouldn't matter which one you read first - if you have questions, bring them here!

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    the speer book i got is 1149 pgs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aus71383 View Post
    ABCs of Reloading....
    +1
    If you are starting, it is the way to go. After getting the basics, anything you read in the other manuals will be easy to assimilate.
    You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aus71383 View Post
    ABCs of Reloading....
    +1... ABCs will show you the basics. You will need many books like Lyman to work up the loads.
    Be Observant and Be Safe.

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    ABC's of Reloading, then Lyman #48.

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    Sure the Speer book is 1149 pages, but have you opened it? You don't need to read all the data for each caliber known to mankind...

    Just read the first couple introductory chapters, and the information paragraph next to whatever cartridge you are going to reload.

    You don't need to know the data - the book is a reference to look things up in. You just need to know how to safely make your own reloads.

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    the speer book was recommend by my local shop. I have not looked at either book yet as i ordered them online and have not received them at this time. As i talked to the man at the shop i mentioned the ABC book and he told me that the Speer book was better. So that is what i got.

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    The Speer book is a load manual. The ABC's book is a how to. Read the ABC's, then read the load manual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tubby45 View Post
    ABC's of Reloading, then Lyman #48.
    Ditto, Tubby knows his stuff.
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    It would be a good idea to get ABC's of Reloading - its a great book and you can learn a lot from it.

    When you get your Speer book, you'll notice what I'm talking about. There are lots of pages of data - you'll use that when you're looking up loads. There is also an introductory section in the beginning with a few chapters on the basics. It is possible to reload by following the steps it outlines - but you will have lots of trial and error - with lots of errors and trials - as you basically teach yourself what works and what doesn't.

    The ABC's will help you get it right the first time, and understand why you're doing what you're doing. Its a good book - that's why everyone is recommending it.

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    Ok I went to the library and checked out the ABC's the 4th ED. and read CH 1-4. It was a good read for me. So do you think i should still buy it? P.S i am going to save up for a Dillon 550b I found one on ebay :

    http://cgi.ebay.com/DILLON-RL-550B-R...QQcmdZViewItem

    is that a good price?
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    No. I can get you all that stuff (except the maintenance kit) for $750 shipped.

    Here is the Dillon 550 Starter Kit I offer. See attachment. I can also get you the same stuff above (except the maintenance kit) for the above price of $750 shipped.
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